Parent-Teacher Conferences

Report Cards, Data Notebooks, Student Work...Oh my!  Anyone else out there gearing up for fall parent-teacher conferences?  I am out in full panic mode force trying to get everything ready.

I like to be overly prepared for parent-teacher conferences.  Let's face it...none of us want to be caught off guard by a question or feel not prepared.  My first step in preparing for conferences is working on data notebooks with my students.  Each student has a data notebook to keep track of test scores, reflection and student work examples.  I use this tool to drive my conferences.  I'm not going to is a lot of work.  But let me tell you, it is WORTH every minute of it!  You can read more about my data notebooks here.

I feel like conferences are so rushed, when it is over I ALWAYS remember something that I wanted to point out.  I prepare a  3 STARS & A WISH for each child.  This forces me to point out 3 positive things for each child, while also allowing me to talk about an area they need to improve on.  You can grab 3 STARS & A WISH here.

Although they can be stressful, conferences are a great time to build a relationship with all of the people who love our kiddos.  Each year I always dread all of the extra work and time that goes into it...but I always come out of it feeling excited to work and love on all of my kiddos.

Now, it's time for a Starbucks...unless your pregnant and craving fries and cheese from Wendy's.  :)

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Back to School...Radio Silence

Friends, back to school has been rough for me….20 new firsties who are all needy, working on my masters and…

I’m pregnant!  

Which also means I’ve been completely exhausted, but entirely worth it.  Baby Rippy will be making his or her appearance in March.  My husband and I are so excited and feel completely blessed.

In other news, I have a fabulous new blog design.  I signed up with Michelle, The 3am Teacher, in January.  I've been looking forward to this ALL year!  It was completely worth the wait.  If you are looking for a new design, I would highly recommend her! :)

To celebrate, I have a special giveaway to tell you about later this week!  

Stay Tuned! :)

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